Muslim Group Rejects Terrorists

| by Michael Doherty
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More than 30,000 Muslims met at a convention in the U.K. to denounce extremism and violence from ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Islamic movement met in Hampshire, England, in early August for its 50th annual three-day convention, according to the Independent. On the convention's last day, those in attendance participated in a vow of peace, rejecting ISIS and other terror groups.

Amhadiyya is a movement within Islam, which has different beliefs about Muhammad from orthodox Islam. With origins in northern India, the Ahmadiyya movement is described as one of the most persecuted groups in Pakistan by human rights groups, according to the BBC. While Ahmadi estimates put the number of followers at 200 million, mainstream Islamic scholars have said the real number is closer to 10 million.

"The only thing the terrorists are achieving is to completely violate the teachings of the Holy Quran and of the Holy Prophet Muhammad," said Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Ahmadiyya's global caliph, at the conference. "Let it be clear that they are not practicing Islam, rather it seems as though they have invented their own hate-filled and poisonous religion."

The movement, which was founded in 1889, emphasizes peace and tolerance, rejecting violence. "Love for all, hatred for none," is the official motto of the Ahmadiyya.

Rafiq Hayat, the president of the U.K. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, said the thousands in attendance at the conference had gathered to celebrate the freedom and safety that members of the movement had found in Britain.

"Many have fled persecution in other countries and together, they will re-affirm their pledge to follow the true teachings of Islam -- that are teachings of peace -- and to counter all forms of extremism and intolerance," said Hayat.

"We have much to be grateful for in Britain, which has allowed our community to prosper and contribute to British life for more than 100 years. We count ourselves proud to call ourselves British Ahmadi Muslims."

Sources: Independent, BBC / Photo credit: Flickr

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